FROM THE HEART (re-post)

FROM THE HEART

by  Terri  Byars  October 2000 to January 2001 /All rights reserved

Depression.  Hopelessness.
All seems lost. Nowhere to go.
Want to leave. Hit bottom.
All is useless.  What is the point?
I cannot do this anymore.  Are you there, Lord?
Return me to the place of joy.
Trust.  Rest.  Confidence.
Confidence in You alone.
I want to forget.  Laugh a little.
Live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
Read the word. Live in His love.
In Your light, Lord.  Let me/I live there alone.
Get rid of darkness. Take me to the Light.
Pure Joy

Confession.  Repentance.
Not my will, but Your will be done, Lord.
Tears.  Grief.  Hopelessness.
Wondering what is wrong, how to fix it.
I can’t do it in my strength.
I cannot proceed until all my strength disappears.
Transformed.  Renewed.
A living sacrifice presented to God.
Tears.  Grief.  Brokenness.  Hope.
Hope in God for the help of His presence.
I cannot stand.  I have fallen.
I have to be carried. Lord, lift me up.
Confession.  Repentance.

Brokenness.  Childlikeness.
Total desperate dependence on the Lord.
A need.  A longing.  To be satisfied.
Never able to be filled.  A need to be empty.
I can’t be filled until I am empty.
I cannot be satisfied until all my desires disappear.
Crucified.  Dead to self.
Following Him closely every moment.
A need.  A longing.  To hear His heart.
A pure heart.  Single-minded.  Holiness.
I can’t see without His eyes.
I cannot walk, Lord, hold my hand.
Brokenness.  Childlikeness.

Selflessness.  Generosity.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition.
Focused inward.  Self-importance.
What can be done to fix my problem?
It’s not about me and my problem.
It’s not most important to get my needs met.
Humility. Think of others.
Consider others needs above my own.
Focused outward.  Self-abasement.
Other’s need are more important than my own.
Lord, what can I do for others?
God’s grace will abound toward you.
Selflessness. Generosity. 

Closeness.  Intimacy.
Single-minded, wholehearted devotion to God.
Affections.  Desires.  To have the answers.
Never knowing.  A need to be dependent.
I can’t be secure until I let go.
I cannot be secure until I step forward without knowing.
Hang on loosely.  Lean on Him.
Moment-by-moment clinging to Him.
Affections.  Desires.  Seek those things above.
Confidence in Him.  He knows.  He’s Daddy.
I cannot walk without holding His hand.
I cannot survive without looking to Him.
Closeness.  Intimacy.

Endurance. Perseverance.
Falling. Crawling. Moving forward.
Trust myself. I can do it.  I have the ability.
Try and try. Striving. Straining. Pressing.
I can’t keep going on my strength.
I cannot do this anymore without His Spirit.
Not my righteousness, but His.
Walking on. Press on toward the goal.
Trust Him.  Availability. Faithfulness.
Keep my eyes on Jesus who endured the cross.
I will keep going.  Earnestly pray. Have Faith.
Seek peace. Pursue righteousness.
Endurance. Perseverance.

RUN THE RACE TO WIN!!

Emotions of Life

emoticonsDuring our lives, we (especially women) go through many faces of emotion.  Throughout my times of strong emotional uprise, I have vented those emotions by writing poetry.  I have compiled those times into one larger poem called “From the Heart”.  You can read it  here.

I realize at the end of those emotions that Jesus is always the answer.  When we are happy, Jesus is the reason (John 10:10).  When we are sad, Jesus is the One to whom we can run(Matthew 11:28-30).  When we are angry, Jesus takes revenge for us (Romans 12:19). 

King David complained to the Lord a lot in the Psalms; however, at the end of most of those Psalms, he would exclaim something like “But God” or “And yet will I praise You”.  Sometimes he just talked to his soul and told himself to hope in God:

Ps. 42

1 As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?
3 My tears have been my food day and night,
while people say to me all day long,

“Where is your God?”

4 These things I remember
as I pour out my soul:
how I used to go to the house of God
under the protection of the Mighty One
with shouts of joy and praise
among the festive throng.

5 Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.

6 My soul is downcast within me;
therefore I will remember you
from the land of the Jordan,
the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.
7 Deep calls to deep
in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
have swept over me.

8 By day the LORD directs his love,
at night his song is with me—
a prayer to the God of my life.

9 I say to God my Rock,
“Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I go about mourning,
oppressed by the enemy?”
10 My bones suffer mortal agony
as my foes taunt me,
saying to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”

11 Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.

No matter what our emotions are, we can rest assured that Jesus will be there for us.

 

I Set My Heart

Set Your Mind on Things Above

Vs. 1: Set your mind on things above;Presentation1
About the Savior and His love;
Let Earthly things just fade away;
And know that Christ will come some day.
(See Colossians 3:1-4)

(Chorus) I feel the Spirit rising in me;
I feel God’s Spirit setting me free.
I feel His joy now flooding my soul;
I know God’s love is making me whole.

Vs. 2: This world may look so dark and grim;
But the light is here, just look to Him;
Troubles press on every side;
But in His love I will abide. (Repeat Chorus)

Vs. 3: Though in this world the troubles come.
Jesus, my Lord, has overcome.
So now by faith we can believe
We all have the victory.
(I John 5:4 and John 16:33)

Bridge:
I set my mind, I set my heart
I choose to dwell on things above.
I set my mind, I set my heart
I choose to speak about His love.

Copyright 2013; Terri Byars and wordpress.com ARR

HEAVEN

HEAVEN

Brilliance of light; brighter than day;
Millions of worshippers sing and pray;
Freedom is ours beyond compare
For God has erased all our worries and cares.
No sadness or pain or darkness of night;
No clouds of sorrow or anger or fright.
No poverty, hunger, or crime exists.
No hatred or murder, abuse or tests.
We all overcame by the blood of the Lamb
And we sing endless praise to the great I AM.
All questions are answered; time comes to an end;
And we finally see Jesus our Savior and Friend.

Millions are gathered together to see
The Master Creator who set our hearts free.
And at the great banquet we dine with the King;
We feast at His table, and gifts we bring;
We dance and rejoice with no tears to think of;
We laugh in His freedom and walk in His love.
We all live forever in radiant light
For once we were blind, but he gave us new sight.
Once we were lost and hurt and alone;
But He showed us His comfort and gave us a home.
What delight, what wonder we feel in this place
As we see our beloved, The Prince, face to face.

All rights reserved. © Terri Byars and terridawn.wordpress.com, 2012

MY PRINCE AND I

My Prince and I

Love is growing in the field of romance

And like the sunshine on flowers we dance;

Here we meet, in our secret place

For I search for truths and seek His face.

He shares His treasures of truth with me

Breaking bondages and setting me free

From the cares and sorrows that my life may bring

Causing my heart to soar and sing;

As we’re walking along He refreshes my soul

Like a flowing waterfall making me whole,

Restoring my strength with cakes and cream

And giving me peace and joy like a dream;

His constant companionship, faithfulness and love

Despite my failures brings me hope from above,

He’s my groom taking me to His place

Eternally dancing with me face to face

I know His love for me has no end

My Lover, Redeemer, Warrior and Friend.

©2008 Terri Byars, All Rights Reserved.

THE ONE WHO MEETS EVERY NEED

In these days of trials, heartache and pain, there is One we can go to that meets every need.  He is the mighty God, the Holy One of Israel, the Names of Jesus are endless.  We can come to Him on a daily basis — every moment of every day, every situation, whether good or bad, no matter what out need.  God is our everything.  Jesus, The Christ, Savior.   Study the word for yourself and see the goodness of the Lord.  See what Jesus has to offer us.

Resources:  http://www.blueletterbible.org/study/parallel/paral19.cfm

 

 

GLORY BE TO THE LORD MOST HIGH,
PRAISES TO THE KING OF KINGS,
SING TO THE LORD OF LORDS,
GIVE THANKS IN EVERYTHING.
SHOUT UNTO GOD WITH A VOICE OF TRIUMPH,
LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD;
MAKE THE DEMONS TREMBLE
AS YOU PROCLAIM HIS HOLY WORD.
TAKE YOUR STAND, BE FIRM AND STRONG
THE DEVIL WILL NOT WIN,
FOR JESUS PAID THE PRICE
OVER EVERY SINGLE SIN.
SATAN IS A LIAR
HE SEEKS THOSE TO DEVOUR;
DON’T LISTEN TO HIS THREATS
BUT TRUST IN GOD’S GREAT POWER.
HOLD ON UNTIL THE END
FOR GOD SAVES YOU BY HIS GRACE
WHEN JESUS COMES AGAIN
YOU’LL MEET HIM FACE TO FACE.
 
Copyright by Terri Byars and WordPress 2012

Poem – Silent Cries


 

SILENT CRIES

July 3, 2009

There’s a silent cry in the world tonight
When the people think everything’s alright.
A cry of pain that nobody hears
A cry of sorrow but with no tears;
The problem shows its ugly head
But nothing is done, nothing is said;
It’s accepted as alright;
It’s not dealt with or brought to light.
The pain takes over, controls, lives on
While all is lost and hope is gone.
For if you fight the fight yourself
And even friends don’t want to help
And instead contribute to the pain,
It comes back time and time again--
A silent cry that no one hears
Slowly kills while others close their ears.
By Terri Byars
All right reserved
Copyright 2009
 
For those who feel the way this poem describes, I need to tell you about the One who is always there, always comforts, always brings peace and joy.  There is a God who came to earth to meet us.  He came down to find us and to overcome the world with all its pain.  Nothing is to hard for Him to handle.  He will never leave you as orphans, He will never leave you comfortless, He will never forsake you.

Trust in Him, Jesus, the Christ, the Anointed One, and find the One who will carry you through every pain and rejoice with you through every triumph.